Can you remember a campaign as wild as the past few months have been?
Could you ever imagine Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, Caitlin Jenner, Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham and the Soros people teaming up? Or Ted Cruz embracing the Bush team? Or a Fox News host viciously sliming a candidate night after night? Or one candidate keeping fake heads of another at his office?
Glenn Beck has been king of Nutville. The radio and TV personality has surpassed himself in the outrageous quote department. The other day he joked about repeatedly stabbing Trump, although he later claimed it was a joke about someone else. Hmm. He asked his radio audience to fast along with him for a Cruz win in Nevada. (Didn’t happen.) Thursday on the Blaze TV he told his audience that if they voted for Trump, America would go away and they’d have blood on their hands:
Beck said, “I’m going to be in Arizona and Utah for the campaign and I’m doing it because that’s what I can do. Others can do whatever it is you do. But even if it’s one person, you be bold. We are on the Titanic, it’s going down. Knock on every single door. They don’t want to come? Fine. Don’t waste time. The Titanic is going down. But you knock on every single door—’Can I tell you about the truth? Can I tell you about the truth? Can I tell you about the truth, because here’s what’s coming, here’s what’s coming.’ They don’t want to hear it, up to them. But remember what Ezekiel said. Ezekiel said you will be held responsible. This is the thing no one understands from religious people.
“I just don’t get it,” he continued. “Too much—we have been given much. Much is required. Required, not expected, required. Beyond that, Ezekiel talks about these times and says basically everyone in their own way, you are a watchman on the tower, you are a watchman at the gate. And the blood of the people who could have been saved—now think of this—because we’re talking about the rights of all mankind. If America goes down—this isn’t hyperbole any more, this isn’t like a famous Reagan speech that he gave—this is real. If we go away, where is freedom? So all of the freedom that will be lost, all of lives that will be lost because we refused to pay attention—on our hands.”
Beck looks to be goading God and pushing him to do Beck’s will, not his.
He’s not alone in believing God is on one side. Rafael Cruz has told audiences that his son, Ted, is the anointed one. How does he know that and who would presume to say such a thing?
Equally surprising, on the flip side, is that veteran Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, finally gets it. From Real Clear Politics via the Morning Joe show. He told Scarborough, “Think about the nitwit kid in Texas who was let off of his murderous drunk driving charges with the affluenza defense. The Republican establishment in Washington, D.C. has a case of affluenza. You have six of the ten wealthiest counties in the country surround Washington, D.C. You have a real estate market that took a narrow downturn but rebounded very quickly. You have a city that’s insulated from economic distress, it’s recession-proof to some degree.
“So this Republican establishment, the consulting class in Washington, D.C., these are not living wage jobs. And at the end of the day, I think they totally miss the psychic impact, the economic impact of the great recession, of the economic collapse. It was such a seismic event in the modern history of the country that even eight years later it’s the defining issue of the 2016 campaign as it was the defining issue of the 2008 fall campaign. And they just don’t get it.
“They don’t understand the impact for blue-collar wage workers in this country over a 20 year basis and you’re seeing this now all play out in this general election. And this Republican establishment in Washington, D.C., until the middle of the fall, legitimately if you talk to people in Washington they say, ‘Well, no, Jeb Bush will win, he’s the Republican front-runner,’ until very, very late in the process. Then it was Marco Rubio.”
Then there’s Fox News, formerly a supporter of Republicans. The network has provided Megyn Kelly with a nightly
hunting blind to aim at Donald Trump. They are even complaining about his self defense via twitter. From the AP: “Donald Trump’s vitriolic attacks against Megyn Kelly and his extreme, sick obsession with her is beneath the dignity of a presidential candidate who wants to occupy the highest office in the land,” the network said in a statement last evening.
The statement from spokeswoman Irena Briganti went on to praise Kelly as “an exemplary journalist and one of the leading anchors in America” and said the network will “continue to fully support her throughout every day of Trump’s endless barrage of crude and sexist verbal assaults.'”
“As the mother of three young children, with a successful law career and the second highest rated show in cable news, it’s especially deplorable for her to be repeatedly abused just for doing her job,” it added.
Yes, they played the working mother card. I wonder how many nannies and maids she has. It doesn’t wash.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks responded Friday evening: “Megyn Kelly is a highly overrated reporter and anchor that constantly disparages Mr. Trump with negative and inaccurate reports. Despite the fact he wants nothing to do with her and will not appear on her show due to her extremely biased reporting, much of the program is about him anyway on a nightly basis.”
Does she really think that will help her get viewers? It appears Ms. Megyn really sees herself as the new Barbara Walters. According to reports, that is what she wants ultimately to do – interview celebritards. Might be a better fit all right.
Not through with crazy yet. Jeb Bush went off, too. His campaign people told the Weekly Standard, “The primaries countdown clock is now permanently set to zero. And next to it hangs a large Donald Trump piñata that is fitted with real Marco Rubio ankle-boots, the metrosexual atrocities Rubio was caught wearing that look like something Deney Terrio would sport on an old episode of Dance Fever. In a box nearby are the severed heads of previous Trump piñatas. Right to Rise was pilloried by conservative media types for not going after Trump hard enough. But staffers have clearly been squaring accounts behind closed doors.”
The crazy continues. Senator Lindsey Graham, who couldn’t understand why he couldn’t get above 1% in the polls, has done an about face, too. He recently allied with Ted Cruz. Remember that earlier he said, “If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.” He said in January, “Cruz has exhibited behavior in his time in the Senate that make it impossible for me to believe that he could bring this country together,” adding that choosing between him and Trump is “like being shot or poisoned — what does it really matter?”
Talk about an endorsement!
And this is all just on the Republican side! The Hillary and Sanders routine has been nuts, too.
The scary part is we still have more to go. Strap yourselves in.